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The Smugglers' Way audio trail.

Follow in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officials who once played cat and mouse in this mountainous border area between France and Switzerland.

Cultural The Smugglers' Way audio trail. Châtel


Departing from Châtel (74390)
Average length : 02h30
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

To hear these colourful adventures, scan the QR code on the audio terminals.

Two hikings are proposed:
- a small loop of a medium difficulty level, to discover with your family. Duration: 2h30, altitude difference: 200m.
- a more demanding circular walk that takes you up to altitude along the border ridges! Duration: 5h, altitude difference: 645m.
Before doing those routes get informed about weather forecast and wear adapted shoes and equipment.

Route: From the Old Customs, walk about a hundred metres to the right of the road in the ascending direction until you find the first sound barrier. Then, take the path up to Pas de Morgins and take the track on the right which enters the forest. You will then reach the forest track. At this level, turn off according to the chosen itinerary (family or hiking):

- Family trail: continue straight ahead, following the signs, up to an area where the landscape opens up. After enjoying the panoramic view of the Cornettes and the border, start the descent to the Ramines car park.

- Hiking trail: follow the Pointe du Midi trail to the chalets of Pertuis d'en Haut. At this level, the route continues towards the Lèche corridor, with the crossing of a stone wall. You arrive at the Linga ski area. Go down the field to reach the track below and continue up to Les Ramines. From here, reach the hamlet of Vonnes by road.

Topo guides are for sale at the tourist office.

Total elevation gain : 200m
Vertical drop : 200m
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    Route guide: €1.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 30/09.

    • Pets welcome


    1277 route de Vonnes 74390 Châtel
    Departing from : Châtel (74390)
    Latitude : 46.256017 - Longitude : 6.840725
    Near shuttle stop

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
    Information update on 16/03/2022 by Châtel Tourisme